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P90X2 Preview: Part III

Filming continues on P90X2 and if you’ve been doing any of the “One on One” Volume 3 workouts, you’ll know there’s some new equipment being used for the P90X sequel. Word is you’ll still only need the weights and pull-up bar but to take full advantage of all the stabilization and grounding workouts, you may need to add a few household items. In Steve Edwards’ latest update, he gives the official word on “the stuff” you’ll need (or not):

The bottom line is that to begin the program all you need, just like P90X, are some exercise bands and a door attachment. We’ve set up the entire program so that it can be done anywhere using bands and standard items you’d find in any hotel room. It’s not the optimal way to do the program but it will work just fine…You’ll believe me once you see how hard the cast using the modifiers are working in the videos.

Resistance: bands and/or weights and a pull-up bar. While you can mimic this at home it’s unlikely that anyone won’t make, at least, a band investment so I won’t go into options like water jugs, soup cans, or your old Chevy. If you’re serious at all, at a minimum get yourself some bands.

Bands can do the job and bring the burn if you’re on a budget crunch, but if you’re looking to increase muscle mass, I’d always go for weights and a pull-up bar, which you can usually find on the cheap– especially at places like Wal-Mart.

Stability Ball: Instability is a large part of this program. Creating instability requires your body to fire its stabilizer muscles, which reduces muscular imbalance that is the number one reason for injuries and biomechanical breakdown in your body as it ages. If you can’t afford a stability ball you have wobbly stuff in your house. Couches, chairs, towels, and beds all move under load, as does your carpet, all creating instability…or you can just buy a ball.

Medicine Balls: We mainly use these for stabilizing, not weight, so these can be swapped out for even less stable things in the rec room, like basketballs, soccer balls, etc. Med balls are a distinct advantage, especially as you start adding more weight, but you can replace them with all sorts of other stuff.

Foam roller: Here you can get fairly sadistic with cans, pvc pipe, rolling pins, baseballs, golf balls, etc. Many people “graduate” to harder items over time anyway but we’re pretty confident that if you start on them you’ll instantly feel the small investment you’re making for a proper foam roller completely worth the money.

Plyo boxes: We only step off of these, and never jump on them, so all you need is a sturdy chair or platform like a stairway. [HDIGF: In the 1 0n 1 Plyocide video, I’ve only used a chair, but have been pining for a stool which wouldn’t have my head brushing the ceiling when I stand on it].

Pull-up assist: We made it through all of P90x without mentioning this very cool improvement so it’s hard to say you’ll need it. But once you’ve used a proper assist you’ll never be as psyched again for the chair. Not only do you not have to alter your form to use the assist but it also helps you fire the proper muscles and not cheat in order to finish sets, creating better alignment in your movements.

Good form is critical on pull-ups. Many times it’s easy to cheat using your biceps to help you over the “hump”. While this is OK on occasion, proper form uses lats and back muscles and an “assist” tool maintains this form.

Weighted bar: This is simply a luxury item. At home I use a broom, and I’d hope you’ve all got one of those. [HDIGF: You can buy weighted bars, but as Steve mentions, a broomstick or weight bar will do the job when using the bar to attach resistance bands to.]


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  1. Dysfunctional Parrot says:

    The thing I’m oddly enough most pumped about is the foam roller! Ever since I learned about it from a massage therapist it has been my new best friend in my home gym for ironing out the kinks. Very glad to see Tony will share this with the masses!

  2. Jack says:

    The strength workouts are great. The ab workout is outstanding, however you will eventually want to add some variation with some of Tony Horton’s other ab workouts (like 1 on 1). For people who are not in good shape, or who have only been doing cardio (which was my case) the workouts can be difficult to get through for a few weeks, and some moves will require modification for some time.

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